Thursday, August 04, 2016

Interview With Sherry Fowler Chancellor and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Sherry Fowler Chandler!

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read? 
Martha Grimes, Harlan Coben, Christopher Fowler (no relation), Lauren Willig, and I used to be a big Dean Koontz fan but have been disappointed in his last few books.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?

I love the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. They are all named after pubs in the UK and are murder mysteries.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why? 
Most likely Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was reading them in elementary school (and yes, Watson, that was elementary school)- I love, love mysteries and England.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write. 

On the couch with the television on for background noise. My kids are grown now and I used to write with them in the room so it’s hard for me to do the silent thing.

Tells us a little about your current book?
It’s called Rex, the Ex and the Hex. The hero in hexed by his ex-girlfriend to never find true love. The book is about all the ways he tries to break the hex. It’s a super fun, funny book.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book. 

There are so many fun ones, I thought I’d share part of the first one where he’s with his best friend on the banks of Murder Creek in Alabama trying to read a spell a witch gave him.

“Are you positive this is what the hag said to do?” Agatha Marsden asked Rex Davis as they wandered around in the pitch dark in the countryside near Brewton, Alabama. Terrified she would step off the bank and into the river, she tiptoed carefully in the muck, swatting at a gnat as she went. She couldn’t believe it was still so muggy and humid at Halloween and man, did the mud reek. The smell made her gag. “I can’t believe you brought me out here with a flashlight with dead batteries. Remind me again why I came?”

“How was I to remember the batteries were dead? I haven’t used that torch in years.”

“See? Only you would fail to see the logic in that. If you haven’t used a battery-operated item in ages, why wouldn’t you think to replace them? You deserve to be hexed if you’re that out of touch with reality. Batteries don’t last forever.”

“I can’t believe you’d think—ouch—I stepped on something. What the heck was that?”

The echoing sound of rattles answered his question. “Oh Lord, Rex, it’s a rattlesnake. Can you see it? Where it is?” Agatha leapt in the air. Just great. Now she was going to get herself killed by a venomous reptile. All in the name of love. And not even for herself.

“Quit making so much noise. All that swishing of the grass is probably what got the blimey thing agitated.”

“He’s going to strike one of us. Listen to him. He must be furious.”

“Why do you think it’s a he?” Rex asked.

“Good grief, I’m not going to debate the sex of the snake with you.” Agatha grabbed his upper arm. “Come on. We need to get away.” She prayed the thing would settle down and forget their presence.

“Won’t it chase us?”

“What am I, the expert on reptilian behavior?” She dragged him away from the riverbank, her eyes finally adjusting to the darkness. This was a fool’s errand, but ever since Rex’s ex-girlfriend hexed him, he was on the constant lookout for a way to become unhexed. If that was even a word. It was her bad luck to be the man’s best friend since he expected her to tag along on all his crazy adventures to dehexify himself. She was pretty darned sure that wasn’t a word, but he sure used it a lot. Maybe being hexed also entailed coining new words.

The sound of the snake’s rattles receded the further they moved away from the river. “Come on, Aggie. We have to go back to the edge of the water.”

“No. I don’t think so. Let’s wait until we can return with a flashlight that actually works. I’m not in the mood to be injected with poison by fang.”

“But it’s Halloween and that witch said I need to come to the edge of Murder Creek at midnight tonight and say the spell to stop the hex. She didn’t say it was good for more than one evening.”

“You’re really nuts, you know. There’s no such thing as being cursed or hexed. The only reason you can’t get a date is because you think you can’t. You’ve lost your confidence is all.”

“No, that’s not it. Naomi said I would never find love again if I left her and she’s right about that. I’ve not had one decent relationship or evening with a girl since she hexed me.”

“You give her too much power. If you ignored it, you’d see. A successful date can be obtained without making your best friend come out in the muddy woods at this ungodly hour.” Agatha stomped on, making a lot of noise hoping to scare off any other snakes with plans to bite her.

What do you believe makes a man sexy? 

Being sexy means caring about your woman and taking care of her- even cooking when she’s tired.

Here's her short bio.
Sherry Fowler Chancellor is a lawyer living on the gulf coast of Florida. She writes fiction as a stress release from her intense day job. She likes mysteries with a touch of romance and lots of adventure in her stories. She strives to give the reader a book like she likes to read. She also loves photography and scrapbooking.

Sherry loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted at

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Today's giveaway is an e-book of Sherry's Rex, The Ex, And The Hex (In USA, you can choose a paperback instead). 

Question: If you could cast a spell, what would it do?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Sunday in the comment section.


Suz and Allan said...

If I cast a spell it would turn people's negative comments into positive ones. We could use more kindness in the world today.

Sherry-Thanks for sharing that scene from Rex, The Ex, and The Hex! This sounds like it's going to be very funny.

Jillian said...

Suz and Allan- That's a wonderful spell. We sure could use more kindness!

Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Sherry

SandyG265 said...

I's cast a spell that would let everyone know when politicians are lying.

Jillian said...

Awesome choice, Sandy! Sherry

miki said...

a spell that would heal all illnesses

Jillian said...

Another great choice, Miki. Sherry

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Jillian said...

Yeah. That would be super awesome.

Anonymous said...


Mary Preston said...

I'd give my son hearing & speech. A no brainer.


Jillian said...

That's perfect. Hope you heal soon, Shelley. And that your family visits often if they can't move closer.

Jillian said...

Very very nice spell. Love to you both.

Carla Swafford said...

Mary Preston, congratulations! You've won a copy of Rex, The Ex, and The Hex! Sherry will be in contact since you were kind enough to place your email address in the comment.

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations Mary!!!